Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee

Special Meeting Notes – Draft 4-21-17

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 4:30 PM

Legislature Chambers



Attendee Name




Martha Robertson




Dooley Kiefer

Vice Chair


4:35 PM

Michael Sigler




David McKenna




Carol Chock




Katrina McCloy

Deputy Clerk, Legislature



Dwight Mengel

Chief Transportation Planner



Fernando de Aragon

ITCTC Director



Marcia Lynch

Public Info. Officer, County Administration



Joe Mareane

County Administrator




Call to Order

              Ms. Robertson, Chair, called the meeting to order at 4:32 p.m.

Public Comment

              There were no members of the public present.

Changes to the Agenda

              There were no changes to the agenda.


Resolution No. - Authorizing 2017 Federal Transit Administration Section 5311 Grant Application for Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) and Tompkins County (ID #6986)

              Mr. Mengel explained the resolution supports applications for rural transit funding that includes three projects for Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT): TCAT Operating Assistance and two County projects involving the Way2Go program through Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (CCETC) and County Operating Assistance for Finger Lakes Rideshare.  Some funding requests are competitive across rural counties in the State but funding for operating assistance is not competitive.  In 2015, the last time applications were submitted for these funds, the County and TCAT projects applied for were successfully funded.  A total of $2,880,501 in funding is being applied for.


              Ms. Kiefer arrived at this time.


              Ms. Robertson inquired as to what areas are considered competitive for this funding.  Mr. Mengel stated rural counties in the upstate areas excluding the capitol district, Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse are eligible to apply for this funding. 


              Mr. Mengel said TCAT chose their top three projects and the amount of funding for each to be included in this application.  The County is requesting funds for the contracts it has with CCETC, through the end of 2017, to provide two Way2Go programs, one for Tompkins County and the other for a regional program.


              Mr. Mengel spoke of past projects funded through this grant application process and what is involved to obtain proposals for these grants including the advertisement, request for proposals, and the federal public comment periods. 


              Mr. Sigler is supportive of this funding as it is helpful to those in rural areas. 


              Ms. Kiefer inquired if these projects went through the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).  Mr. Mengel stated one project will go through the MPO process in a few months if it is funded but the MPO deals more with urban transit program and the others are rural projects. 


              Mr. Mengel said the County is focused on rural transportation and urging the State to do the same and have them take into account the rural counties instead of just the larger urbanized areas as far as funding and support. 


              Mr. de Aragon spoke of the formalized coordinated planning process that includes monthly meetings, communication with people from the social services community with transportation needs or projects, and involvement with the transportation council and community mobility projects.  He said there are many new faces involved all the time.


MOVER:              David McKenna, Member

SECONDER:              Carol Chock, Member

AYES:              Robertson, Kiefer, Sigler, McKenna, Chock

              WHEREAS, the Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation is authorized to make grants for mass transportation projects pursuant to Section 5311 of Chapter 53, Title 49, of the United States Code, and


              WHEREAS, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT) as the designated recipient of the FTA Section 5311 Rural Formula Transit Program solicited for applications for the years 2017-2018, and


              WHEREAS, the County of Tompkins is an eligible applicant for the Section 5311, and coordinated with Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, Inc., and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County to identify and select operating assistance, capital and mobility management projects, and 


              WHEREAS, the draft program of projects were published for public comment ending April 15, 2017, and


              WHEREAS, the County desires to apply for Section 5311 and NYS DOT funds for the following projects:


5311 Projects







TCAT Rural Replacement Buses (qty 4)

$ 1,440,000

$  180,000

$ 180,000

$   -  

$   -  


TCAT Facility Rehab

$   78,991

$    9,874

$   9,874

$   -  

$   -  

$  98,739

TCAT Rural Bus Stops & Shelters

$  248,000

$   31,000

$  31,000

$   -  

$   -  

$ 310,000

TCAT Operating Assistance: (2017-18)

$  514,000

$  548,220


$   -  

$   -  


County Mobility Management: Way2Go - County (2017-18)

$  432,836

$   54,105

$   -  

$ 54,105

$   -  

$ 541,045

County Mobility Management: Way2Go - Regional (2017-18)

$  155,674

$   19,459

$   -  

$ 19,459

$   -  

$ 196,593

County Operating Assistance: Finger Lakes Rideshare (2017-18)

$   11,000

$   -  

$   -  

$   -  

$ 11,000

$  22,000

Total 5311

$ 2,880,501

$ 1,842,657


$ 73,564

$ 11,000


, now therefore be it


              RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee, That the Tompkins County Legislature authorizes the County Administrator or his designee to execute and file applications on behalf of the County of Tompkins with the New York State Department of Transportation for the 2017-2018 FTA Section 5311 Grant with a total budget of $8,693,465 including Federal, New York State, TCAT, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, and other local sources,


              RESOLVED, further, That the County Administrator or his designee be and hereby is authorized to sign:


1. Any and all agreements between Tompkins County and the Federal Transit Administration for the Project.


2. Any and all agreements between Tompkins County and the State of New York for the Project.


3. Any and all agreements between Tompkins County, TCAT, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, and any third-party subcontractors necessary to complete the project, if applicable.


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              The meeting adjourned at 4:49 p.m.